Weight Management

Caloric cocktail?

As restaurants add calorie information to their menus, COCKTAIL calorie secrets are being exposed too. Those calories from alcohol are frequently ignored when watching one’s weight, so let the shock factor begin.

Those big summery, fruity (AKA sugary) drinks…piña colada (600 cals), frozen daiquiris (550 cals) and margaritas (600 cals), Long Island tea (780 cals) anyone?

There are multiple problems with those drinks – volume being the first. When served in huge glasses or in pitchers, the calorie counts often soar over 500/drink.

Secondly, once one starts drinking and because these are sweetened drinks, they just seem refreshing and not so alcoholic. So here comes a second one. Oops. Thirdly, these drinks typically are accompanied by high calorie snacks. And finally, a celebratory atmosphere tends to encourage more than one drink.

A funny aside is that bars and restaurants were trying to find a loophole on their cocktails by stating calories in the alcohol alone avoiding the calorie-laden mixers.

What to do? Obviously limiting your drink to one is helpful (and your liver will thank you). Avoiding high calorie mixers, including fruit juice which to the body looks just like soda, will save a few calories. Beer and wine, in proper portions, tend to be lower in calories.

Think before you drink to be well,


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Recipe for heavy losses

Recipe for heavy losses was the 17-Across clue from the Wall Street Journal’s puzzle January 9. Having filled in DIE, I could easily surmise DIET was part of the eight letter answer.

Jokes often mention DIET is a four letter word and I agree. Long term, nothing good comes from most diets. Primarily  because people see DIET as a temporary change. Reach your goal (or insert any reason here) and then you quit. Return to your previous diet and re-start the cycle.

All weight loss diets work, that is, effect weight loss but rarely is the weight loss sustainable because the diet is not sustainable: too expensive, too much trouble, too restrictive, too inconvenient…

My heart lightened with the second four letter word answer in 17-across: PLAN.  We professionals admonish “it’s not a diet it’s a lifestyle”, but another way to say it is “a healthy PLAN”.

Any plan is better than no plan. Think about it in other areas of your life. Do you have a plan for your work? A plan for the weekend? A plan that your child cleans his room? (OK, that’s more like a prayer, but you get the idea.) You even plan for doing laundry. You check your calendar and your closet, you recognize the sequence (wash before dry) and you mostly follow fabric label  directions.

What is your diet PLAN? Do you check your calendar to figure out what meals you will make and which ones you’ll eat out in the coming week? Do you check your cupboards/fridge/freezer to see what’s on hand? Do you plan time and money for grocery shopping? Is there a list?

No one plans bad diet habits, they just happen. But that doesn’t have to be.

If you’d like to drop a few pounds, DIET wasn’t the key to “recipe for heavy losses”. A PLAN is key; your health is as important as your laundry, right?

PLAN to be well,


PS It’s been so long since I posted, but life happens (especially without a plan). So, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Happy Groundhog Day and anything in between I missed!

PPS And yes, I was slightly embarrassed that I knew Robert Matthew Van Winkle is Vanilla Ice.

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